Close on the heels of intelligence inputs that “some elements and cadres of a few fringe political parties” in Tamil Nadu, who are fighting for the retrieval of Kachchatheevu from Sri Lanka, may hoist Indian flag during St. Antony’s Church festival in Kachchatheevu on March 3 and 4, the Indian security agencies have made a blanket ban on pilgrims or fishermen to carry Indian flag in any form.
Speaking to The Hindu on Sunday, Commander Anirudha Sohini, Area Commander, South, Naval Detachment, Rameswaram, said there was absolutely no problem in allowing the pilgrims to visit Kachchatheevu.
However, no one would be allowed to carry the Indian flags. The fishermen boats, which had been allowed to carry the pilgrims, could not fix the Indian flags in their boats for identification. It was aimed at preventing unnecessary problems.